Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Israeli takes home Comic-Con prize

Proving yet again that Israelis can hang with any group, no matter how nerdy, comes this piece of news from our friends at the Canada-Israel Committee.

At the recent Comic-Con International Convention, Israeli artist Rutu Modan (pictured) won  a prestigious Eisner Award for Best New Graphic Novel for Exit Wounds, set in modern day Tel Aviv. Publisher Drawn and Quarterly, based in Montreal, has more information, including a preview of the novel.

Here's the description of the book.

Set in modern-day Tel Aviv, A young man, Koby Franco, receives an urgent phone call from a female soldier. Learning that his estranged father may have been a victim of a suicide bombing in Hadera, Koby reluctantly joins the soldier in searching for clues. His death would certainly explain his empty apartment and disconnected phone line. As Koby tries to unravel the mystery of his father’s death, he finds himself not only piecing together the last few months of his father’s life, but his entire identity. With thin, precise lines and luscious watercolors, Modan creates a portrait of modern Israel, a place where sudden death mingles with the slow dissolution of family ties.

Exit Wounds is the North American graphic novel debut from one of Israel’s best-known cartoonists, Rutu Modan.

She has received several awards in Israel and abroad, including the Best Illustrated Children's Book Award from the Israel Museum in Jerusalem four times, Young Artist of the Year by the Israel Ministry of Culture and is a chosen artist of the Israel Cultural Excellence Foundation.

(Modan giving her acceptance speech at Comic-Con last week. Photo courtesy Drawn & Quarterly. Thanks guys!)

Congratulations Rutu. Hopefully you were able to pick up the award without too much hassling by assorted Jedis, Batmen and Klingons.